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Bristol Ideas staff


Andrew Kelly

Andrew Kelly, Director

Andrew is Director of Bristol Ideas. His projects include We The Curious, Bristol Legible City, Brunel200, Bristol800 and the annual Bristol Great Reading Adventure. In 2014 he directed Bristol’s programme marking 100 years since the start of the First World War, the largest UK programme of its kind outside London. He is a visiting professor at the University of the West of England and has published 15 books on issues ranging from film and cinema history to Brunel and engineering, the future of cities and 100 years of Bristol aerospace.

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Naomi Miller

Naomi Miller, Deputy Director

Naomi joined the Bristol Ideas team in November 2018 from Bristol Cathedral, where she has spent four and a half years reinvigorating the cathedral’s fundraising efforts, enhancing the cathedral’s profile and relationship with the wider city and bringing in new types of programming to the cathedral diary. Prior to her move to the south west, Naomi worked at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich and the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. Naomi plays an active part in the cultural life of Bristol, co-chairing The Wardrobe Theatre, sitting on the board of Culture Destinations, the Chapter of Bristol Cathedral and the steering group of Bristol Arts Marketing.

Zoe Steadman Milne

Zoë Steadman-Milne, Producer

Zoë joined Bristol Ideas in 2013. As Producer and Project Manager she oversees the programming, logistics and event management of all Festival of Ideas events and projects, including the Festival of Economics, Young People’s Festival of Ideas and the Bristol City Poet. Prior to this, Zoë produced the Bath Literature Festival from 2005-2013. She is an advisor for Arts Council Ireland.

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Mel Kelly

Melanie Kelly, Research Director

Melanie joined Bristol Ideas as its Research Director and Project Manager in 2002. Her Bristol Ideas publications include The Bristol800 Book of Walks (co-author),The 2017 Festival of the Future City (co-author) and Homes for Heroes 100 Book of Walks. She has written support material and children’s editions of books for the Great Reading Adventure since 2003, as well as managing the websites, marketing, artist workshops and other activities that have formed part of the programme. She managed key projects within Brunel200BAC100 and Bristol2014, as well as the overall promotion and evaluation of those programmes.

Amy O'Beirne

Amy O’Beirne, Project Coordinator and Researcher 

Amy manages the Festival of the Future City. She produced the Bristol and Romanticism walking guide and contributed chapters to the companion book for the 2015 Festival of the Future City and the Bristol800 Book of Walks. She works on logistics and event management for the Coleridge Series and Festival of Ideas events. Prior to joining Bristol Ideas, Amy was a student at University of Bristol where she gained an MSci in Geography.

Julia Trow

Julia Trow, Finance Officer

Julia joined Bristol Ideas in May 2019 and oversees all of our financial planning and management. She brings a wealth of strong experience in corporate finance. Julia is currently studying for a MA in Heritage and Interpretation and volunteers for the Bristol Museum Development Trust and the National Trust.

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Image of Zoë Steadman-Milne credit: Jon Craig

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